Brandon L. Van Grack

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Brandon L. Van Grack is a partner and co-chair of the National Security and Crisis Management practices at Morrison & Foerster LLP. He is a former senior national security official at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as Chief of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit, Senior Assistant Special Counsel to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division, Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence & Export Control Section, and as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Decoding Aleksandr Ionov’s Influence Operation with Thomas Rid and Brandon Van Grack

On July 29, the Justice Department announced the indictment of Aleksandr Ionov, a Russian national and president of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia. Ionov is charged with “conspiring to have U.S.

Offensive cyber operations

Recent Additions to Entity List Part of Broader U.S. Effort Targeting Spyware

The Commerce Department’s addition of four entities to the export control Entity List highlights accelerated efforts to target companies providing cyber services to certain foreign governments—especially when human rights are at stake.

Cybersecurity: Crime and Espionage

Prosecuting Project Raven: A New Frontier for Export Control Enforcement

The deferred prosecution agreements for three members of Project Raven charged with hacking on behalf of a foreign government seem to set a precedent for lenient treatment for this type of conduct. In reality, the case signals that the U.S. Department of Justice intends to crack down on this type of conduct using every tool available.